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    Default Does anyone know what this is?

    Earth moving equipment is at work excavating dirt and leveling rock at the northeast corner of St. Ann's Avenue and E. 156th Street. This has the look of the early stages of a BIG project. Does anyone know what's going on here?

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    Look at that topography! This might be it, I noticed it on Hugo Subotovsky's website not too long ago:

    Go to on the boards --> st anns terrace (third one). It is a big project (600+ apartments).

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    I think you're right. Good find. That is a huge project. The renderings look pretty good to me.

    The hill going up to Eagle Avenue from St. Ann's is really steep, especially considering it is only one short block. It looks like this project will take the full block, fronting on both avenues.

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    Ah-HA! Here's the NYC HDC press release from April. They put in $79 million. Phase 1 will have 480 apartments for a mixture of low- and middle-income households.

    In addition to the residential portion, the development is expected to contain approximately 50,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space in the residential buildings and underground parking with 176 spaces available. The second phase of construction envisions two additional buildings with about 140 residential units, both rental and ownership, and 224 parking spaces.

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    ^From that press release I went onto the developer's website

    Pesky flash, otherwise I'd post the images. But under portfolio --> pre-development projects --> st. anns, you can see similar renderings with a breakdown of the different components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoyokA View Post
    Grimshaw is the architect. There's more than the immediate reason to want this to come to fruition. This project was the result of an architectural competition held by HPD, this was the first they ever held and they haven't held one since. If this project is successful it will most likely lead to others, if it is not, I wouldn't count on it. Quality architecture in general costs considerably more, when you're dealing with affordable housing you cannot charge higher rents because of it. Right now Phipps can't seem to get it to work which is really unfortunate because if affordable housing with environmental and architectural qualities can be built it'll have a major sociological benefit for both tenants and the general public at large.
    Any new developments on this project? I haven't been down there recently enough to see for myself.

    Isn't 149th supposed to be getting a cinema? What project would that be apart of? Also, while traveling up 149, I noticed a TON of road work past the Concourse going toward Manhattan, right around Hostos College. Looks like they added an island to the center of the street? What's with all the road changes along 149 and the Hub lately?

    And speaking of Hostos, they've had signs about a future expansion behind the current campus for a long time and I have never noticed any progress there.

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    this is one of the proposed renderings for this project
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    Modern Bronx: Amazing architecture in community service buildings

    BY Alexander Gorlin

    July 24th 2009

    Bronx Library Center

    Jacobi Medical Center Building 8, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    Bronx Charter School for the Arts, located at 950 Longfellow Avenue

    Bronx County Hall of Justice located on East 161st Street

    The Bronx is a tough place for modern architecture. One of its most distinguished pieces of design, the Bronx Developmental Center, a home for 750 mentally and physically disabled children by the world-famous New York architect Richard Meier, was mutilated beyond recognition by its owner, who ripped off the facade in 2002 without any protest from the architectural community.

    A recent building, Yankee Stadium, home of the best baseball team in the universe, is a copy of the old one pumped up on steroids. To me the crime of abandoning the original place of baseball’s greatest moments had already been committed. Can you imagine moving St. Peter’s in Rome, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Kaaba in Mecca?

    That is why it is important to build modern architecture today. It’s fine in the privacy of your own home to have a few cornice moldings and classical columns, but out in the public space of the city, modern architecture symbolizes the hope and optimism of the Bronx and its people. New spaces, shapes and materials allow us to experience the present with fresh intensity and creativity, to see things in a new way. Modern architecture is also more fun, characterized by color, inventive and unusual forms, the transparency and light that glass allows, and exciting new structures.

    Partly because of the recession and partly because the Bronx has never become a hot residential area, there are no such homes being built. So where is modern architecture being built in the borough? It’s coming to neighborhoods near you in the forms of services and institutions — the schools, community centers, libraries, museums, courthouses and schools.

    One of the best examples of new contemporary architecture is the Bronx County Hall of Justice (formerly Bronx Criminal Courthouse) by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Glassy and glamorous are not words that come to mind for a courthouse, unless it’s straight out of “CSI: Miami,” like this one.

    Light-years apart from the adjacent, boring stone courthouse that symbolized the Bronx for decades, its shimmering, folded glass-and-aluminum facade wraps around the corner of 161st St. and Morris Ave. Inside is a court of green glass with dramatic diagonal stairs cascading down to the plaza below. When it’s open, the building makes an inviting, light-filled public space.

    The Bronx Museum of Art addition by the Miami-based firm Arquitectonica is, surprisingly, another example of a folded glass-and-metal *facade.

    Located nearby on the Grand Concourse, this festive entrance enlivens the street and creates a new landmark for the neighborhood. Inside, there is expansive exhibition space to spotlight the borough’s artistic accomplishments. It was a necessary addition to celebrating Bronx culture. The site of art, music and other cultural events, the newly revitalized Bronx Museum promises to be the anchor of the heart of the borough.

    Crowning the hill of E. Kingsbridge Road is the Bronx Library Center by Dattner Architects. A glass box with a curiously curving, horn-like roof, the building is memorable from the outside and filled with light inside. Books are visible from the street; it is an inviting building that breaks open the traditional library of classical columns guarded by sculptures of lions. It is also the first officially green building in the New York Public Library system, with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Not only is it a delight to look at, it’s a perfect place to curl up (like the building) and read a book.

    I bet not many people knew that one of the world’s most famous architectural firms designed a building in the Bronx. Led by Ian Bader, I.M. Pei’s firm’s 2008 design of Jacobi Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Pavilion on Pelham Parkway makes going to the hospital the comforting experience that it should be but rarely is. In a park-like setting, its elegant, curving glass facade creates an understated entry to the hospital complex. A long open porch is a humane place for people to wait or be dropped off. Inside, a soaring, curving glass-and-white-steel atrium filled with light greets visitors and patients. It feels more like a visit to an art gallery, not unexpected from the firm that designed portions of the National Gallery in Washington and the Louvre in Paris. More than anything, this building says, “Welcome to the new Bronx!”

    The Bronx Charter School for the Arts by Weisz Yoes Architects is located in an industrial corridor in Hunts Point. Its bright, vertically striped facade of multicolored tiles is like finding a fresh bouquet of flowers in what was once a garbage dump. This adaptive reuse of an old factory as an elementary school proves that good architecture can miraculously transform space from one use to another. On the inside, the architects carefully renovated the former wreck into classrooms that are bright and airy through the use of large north- facing skylights. For the children who attend the school, it is a perfect place for creating art.

    My own personal interest in the Bronx stems from the five projects my office (Alexander Gorlin Architects) has built or has planned for this great borough: a library at PS 92, a community center at McKinley Houses, the 40th Precinct police station (with Karlsberger Architects), housing for Common Ground and the master plan and schools at Mott Haven (with Perkins Eastman Architects).

    Under construction is our Common Ground supportive housing for the formerly homeless, on Brook Ave. near the Hub. It fills out the site with two wings of dark-gray brick with a light surface sheen that intersect at the corner in a cube of bright aluminum and red panels. This creates a landmark for the neighborhood and symbolizes the program of social services that helps give the homeless another chance at life.

    The Mott Haven Schools at 153rd St. and Grand Concourse East is the largest school project ever undertaken by the School Construction Authority. It is a remarkable community initiative by the South Bronx churches and the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation.

    Astride the Metro-North tracks, these four individual schools are organized in a monumental complex around a great courtyard that opens up to a large playing field and the tracks below. The schools, of 500 students each, share facilities on a giant base or plinth of gymnasiums and cafeterias. At the center is the sculptural shape of the auditorium and performing-arts center. This, as well as the gyms and the field, will be open at times to the neighboring community. We hope this becomes a new center of the Mott Haven area.

    In the end, there is great hope for modern architecture in the Bronx. A masterpiece is still awaited, but at least there are many contenders, and all of them will help improve the lives and neighborhoods in this deserving and always improving borough.

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    We've already discussed the Boricua Village project. Here are some other projects going up or recently completed on Third Avenue, from south to north.

    First, when I previously posted a pic of The Dorado apartment building at 3055 Third Avenue, I had to apologize that I didn't get a good photo of the sister building across the street because of the sun. Now, here is a photo of that building.

    The Orion, 3044 Third Av. (156th & 157th).

    And just to juxtapose the two and show how they work together, here's the same pic of The Dorado again:

    Per the HDC website, The Dorado is an income-restricted building with 48 rental apartments reserved for households earning no more than 60% of area median income. Across the street, The Orion is a market-rate condo with 61 apartments. (Here's a sales brochure PDF.) I like the mixture of incomes being generated in this neighborhood with complementary architecture.

    La Casa de la Luna y la Estrella, 3462 Third Av. (167th & 168th)

    Per this press release for the groundbreaking ceremony held in September 2008, La Casa de la Luna y la Estrella will have "227 units of affordable housing with retail, office, and community space."

    Roscoe C. Brown Jr. Apartments, 3952-3972 Third Av. (E. 173rd St.)

    Here is the Roscoe C. Brown Jr. apartment building, at Third Av. & E. 173rd Street, in the Bathgate neighborhood made famous by the photographs of Mel Rosenthal (The South Bronx of America). The Phipps Houses Group has a thumbnail rendering and indicates that this will have 279 apartments.

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    These are more renderings we did for Boricua Village that is now under construction. A very huge project.
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    Excellent renderings! Thanks for sharing. Toasty, how's the construction coming along?

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    Thanks for sharing the renderings. Mind if I ask who you work for? Developer? Architect?

    It's a great looking project and yes, very large. A good form of urban renewal.

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    We did these rendering for Hugo Subotovsky Architects from NY, but we are free lancers from the very south of our planet earth, Buenos Aires , Argentina (down down there in the map).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterloafer View Post
    Excellent renderings! Thanks for sharing. Toasty, how's the construction coming along?
    I'll get some pictures up hopefully this weekend, but I've been awfully busy lately. Construction picked up again since the last update I made, where things stagnated for a bit. The curved building is two stories shy of topping off and the school has a few more floors of windows now. From what I've noticed, the other buildings might already be topped off.

    Courtlandt Corners is starting to shoot up as well! Well, 2/3rds of it is. The South building still hasn't even laid foundations and is still foaming and working the ground. I'm guessing there must have been a massive fuel leak from the gas station that stood in that spot. Assuming that is what the foam is for?

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    I need to find some time to get some street level pictures...

    Here's the progress on Boricua Village so far:

    Here's Courtlandt Corners:

    As you can see, that southern lot hasn't really gotten very far. Speaking of which...


    And I just realized I had photobucket resizing all the photos... Oh well, when and if I get those street shots I won't have them resized.

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